- Trip Mar 26, 1999 01:56 PM
In the Atlantic Avenue/Cobble Hill/Carroll Gardens area
of Brooklyn, there are several butchers -- halal,
German, Italian, Latino, for example. I'm not that
sophisticated about getting meat, and I'm hoping
someone or more than one someone can give me some
suggestions on which butcher is the most
novice-friendly, who's got the best prices, and --
naturally -- who's got the best meat. Particularly
interested if any of them make their own
sausage/chorizo. I just can't stand buying meat at the
supermarket when they feel it's necessary to put a
sticker on the steak that says "Real juicy beef taste!"
as if it's artificially flavored, but I'm a little
unaccustomed to the real thing except for special
We always go with Staubitz on Court Street in Cobble
Hill (near Bergen or Warren Street, I think -- West
side of Court). My husband worked there as a kid, so
we know there's no funny business in the back room,
and the meat's always delicious and not outrageously
priced. My in-laws love the smoked pork chops. We're
partial to the lamb. They also have a nice cheese
selection and chocolate and coffee, so you can get
most of what you need for a special meal in one stop.
I have patronized a halal butcher on the s. side of
Atlantic near Smith on several occasions. If you want
sheep or goat meat, they are very nice, and will cut
or grind the meat whatever way you like. As for
chorizo, I don't know of any place in Brooklyn that
makes its own. Most places have either the Puerto
Rican (Goya usually) hard packaged chorizos or the
soft crumbly/vinegary mexican style in tubes. The
hispanic-oriented grocery stores on Smith St. are
probably the most promising for this in your area.
The two Nuevo Faro stores on 5th Ave (at 7th and 17th
St in the Slope) have these commercial products.
I also go to Staubitz and to Espositos. Espositos has
a great chopped meat: beef, pork veal combination that
is terrific for meat loaf.
Do not Buy meat at the (what is it) I think Key Food
on Atlantic and Clinton. They have horrible stale meat
that tastes like the refrigerator. Staubitz is closed
on sundays, but Espositos is open until 1:30 so if you
need meat on sundays you can go there and their stuff
is great. They stuff their pork loin with garlic and
parsley so all you have to do is throw it in the oven.
Yum YUm. They are also very nice, also very crowded on
Saturday, and if you get caught in a big line it will
take forever because the Italian ladies from the
neighborhood do the whole weeks shopping including
eggs and cheese there.
I am very very fond of Esposito's, on Court St. and
maybe Sackett St. Their homemade sausages are great -
I give a big old thumbs up to both their broccoli rabe
sausage and their chicken sausage with cheese and
parsley. Haven't tried the sausage with mozzarella and
basil and tomato but it's only a matter of time. They
also have a nice selection of chops and ground meat and
pork and beef roasts and such. If you go there and act
confused they will most likely help you. And I had a
roast pork sandwich from there recently - it was A-OK.
Lean 'n' garlicky.
Mastellone Deli, also on Court St., has a pretty wide
selection of meat, already packaged in plastic and
styrofoam, and it always seems fresh.
Oh, and I also like Staubitz.